Todah Rabah, Sir Nicholas

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if they destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if they saved an entire world. ā€” Mishnah Sanhedri

Sir Nicholas Winton passed away today.

Known as England’s answer to Oskar Schindler, Sir Nicholas was one of several who was responsible for saving 669 Czechoslovakian children (most of whom are Jews) from the Nazi Holocaust.

Sir Nicholas was the son of German Jews who emigrated to England and converted to Christianity. His courage in the face of unspeakable horror remained unknown until the late 1980’s, until his wife found the documents relating to her husband’s past.

Because of his courage and the courage of his compatriots, hundreds of Jewish children lived through World War II. They lived to adulthood, had children and grandchildren. While their descendants can never replace the 1.5 million Jewish children killed in World War II, the descendants of the survivors are proof that Am Yisroel Chai (the Jewish people live).

RIP, Sir Nicholas. Todah Rabah.

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